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- n. A type of gladiator, who uses a casting net (a rete or iaculum) as a weapon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gladiator armed with a net for entangling his adversary and a trident for despatching him.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a gladiator who wore only a short tunic and carried a trident and a net.
With a movement unbelievably swift King was there ahead of him; and with another movement not so swift, but much more disconcerting, he threw his sheet as the retiarius used to throw a net in ancient Rome.
This was the undersized, unappealing slave I had encountered at Myrrha's house, now dressed up for his execution like a retiarius.
The old Romans knew how formidable, even in contest with a gladiator equipped with sword, helmet, and shield, was the almost naked _retiarius_ with his net in one hand and his three-pronged javelin in the other.
In the distance is the retiarius, who must fight Hyppolitus in his turn.
Myrmillo, were usual antagonists, and had their name from the secutor following the retiarius, who eluded the pursuit until he found an opportunity to throw his net to advantage.
The big gladiator sat still waiting for the _retiarius_ to finish him.
With a movement unbelievably swift King was there ahead of him; and with another movement not so swift, but much more disconcerting, he threw his sheet as the retiarius used to throw a net in ancient
Hawksley snatched up the bedclothes and threw them as the ancient retiarius threw his net.
I first saw him fight as a _secutor_, matched against a _retiarius_.
No _retiarius_ ever netted him, yet the net seldom missed him more than half a hand's breadth.
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